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  • Question

    What is the “Apple key” on a Mac keyboard?

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    I’m sure this is sounds silly to Mac users, but I grew up with C64s and DOS before moving onto Windows and I don’t have a lot of experience with Macs. Sometime when I’m reading something about Macs they refer to the “Apple key.” Well, I’ve looked at the keyboard and I don’t see a key with an Apple on it anywhere.
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    What’s changed with Raspberry Pi B+?

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    What is the difference between the new Model B+ version of the Raspberry Pi and the original? Anything significant?
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    What's your preferred keyboard for programming?

    Posted July 7, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Are you a software developer who was a particular attachment to a keyboard? What's your keyboard of choice for writing code and why?
  • Question

    How to determine when MacBook was made?

    Posted July 6, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    How can I find my MacBook's date of manufacture?
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    How to stop cooling fan from on Mac from constantly running at max speed after HDD replacement?

    Posted July 6, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    I’ve replaced drives in the past on countless PCs, but when I helped a friend do it with a HDD on his iMac we ran into an issue; Now the fan constantly runs at max speed. I was not expecting that to happen. How can I get the fan to function normally?
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    How does the number of cores impact CPU performance?

    Posted June 19, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    How does the number of cores impact CPU performance? I understand the basic premise that more is better, but how does adding cores actually work versus simply having a CPU with a faster clock speed? Is it a more efficient design choice for improving performance from the user perspective?
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    Windows 8 after updates- screen goes black?

    Posted May 24, 2014 - 3:47 am

    I recently performed windows updates, but now I when switch the laptop on, it just stays black. I have a hp probook 4530s. When I switch it on, nothing (apart from the HP start) works. I can hear the fan running as well. What should I do?
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    What is a qHD display?

    Posted May 23, 2014 - 6:03 am

    I've seen a number of smartphones advertised with a "qHD" screen recently. What does this mean? I've never heard of qHD before. Is there anything new about this type of display?
  • Question

    How to fix SDD that has stopped being recognized by PC?

    Posted May 13, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    I have a Crucial M4 64GB SSD that I’ve had for over a year as a second drive. It’s worked great the entire time, but suddenly my Windows 7 PC has stopped recognizing that it exists. If I go into My Computer, that drive is just gone. Any ideas on how to resolve the issue?
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    Whats the best type of cable to extend Microsoft Livecam Studio?

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 4:04 am

    I have a microsoft livecam studio bought brand new, it works absolutely fine on my laptop but as soon as i connect it to a 10m cat 5 cable with usb converters either side it doesnt work on my laptop. Any idea why?Cheers
  • Question

    Xerox 560 spooling, but not printing when label media is selected.

    Posted April 10, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    I have a client with a Xerox 560 and everything is printing fine, but they tried to labels one day. As they had done in the past, they selected labels as the media type on the printer when they inserted the paper in tray 5 and they slected labels for the media type and tray 5 in the driver as well.
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    How to clone PC’s hard drive?

    Posted April 8, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    What do I need to do to clone the hard drive in my Windows 7 PC? It’s started making funny (not haha) noises of the sort that HDDs make just before they fail. I want to just swap out the drive I have for another HDD, I don’t need to make the switch to SSD with this machine.
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    How to connect two monitors to a laptop?

    Posted April 3, 2014 - 5:27 am

    I have a couple of decent monitors that aren’t being used, and I would like to hook them up to my Windows 7 laptop (Dell Inspiron) to make it a little more pleasant when I work from home. I’ve never set up multiple displays on a laptop before. What do I need to do to make it work?
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    How does a simple restart often fix computer issues and problems?

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    One of the first things tech support generally tells me if I have a problem is to restart my computer. That’s worked so many times that it’s helped me avoid a lot of unnecessary calls for help, but how can a simple restart fix a problem. If my car isn’t working, I can’t generally just restart it and then have it work fine.
  • Question

    How to fix noisy laptop fan?

    Posted March 28, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    My laptop has started making progressively more noise. I’m almost certain that it is the fan. Is there anything that can be done to fix it, or will I have to replace the fan?
  • Question

    What’s the difference between DDR2 PC2-5300 and DDR2 PC2-6400 RAM?

    Posted March 27, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    After asking a question earlier this week, I decided to upgrade the RAM in my old laptop. Two different types of memory came up as compatible for the same price, DDR2 PC2-5300 and DDR2 PC2-6400. What’s the difference between the two? Should I choose one over the other?
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    How to delete all data on a Chromebook before selling it?

    Posted March 25, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    I need to make sure to delete all the personal data (everything really) on a Chromebook that I am going to sell. Anyone know exactly how I go about it?
  • Question

    How to fix clogged printer ink cartridge?

    Posted March 7, 2014 - 9:10 pm

    I have an Epson NX230 at home that I suspect has a clogged ink cartridge. It hasn’t printed very many pages, but it sat unused for a couple of months. Is there any way to clean a clogged ink cartridge?
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    What are the biggest threats to laptop longevity?

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    What are the main things that can be avoided/done to help laptops last longer and save on laptop replacements and repairs? Laptops, on average, don’t survive nearly as long as desktops at my company. Replacing them adds up pretty quickly, as does repairing them, which is not nearly as cheap or easy as repairing a desktop.
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    How long is the PC lifecycle at your company?

    Posted February 27, 2014 - 12:47 am

    What length of PC lifecycle have you found works best? I’m at a smaller business, so expense is always a concern, but I don’t want to be penny wise and pound foolish by extending the service life so long that upgrades and repairs make any savings an illusion.
  • Question

    Need Windows 8.1 touch-screen monitor for PC to play game

    Posted February 20, 2014 - 11:51 pm

    My computer has been upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. As I known, there are a lot of features and interface improvements in Windows 8.1, and I really love the touch or mouse gestures(swipe, tap, and beyond). I am going to buy Touch-Enabled monitor for PC but don't figure out which touchscreen monitor is right for me to play game.
  • Question

    How to determine if Macbook Pro supports BlueTooth 4.0?

    Posted February 12, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    How can I figure out if a Macbook Pro supports BlueTooth 4.0? It's a 13" from 2011, which is right around the time they started to ship with Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Question

    How to print with a Chromebook?

    Posted February 7, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    I have been looking at Chomebooks for a while, and when I mentioned it to someone at my office they told me to be aware that you can’t print with Chromebooks like you can with a laptop, but she didn’t know the particulars of why. Is she right? Is printing with a Chomebook really more difficult that it is with, say, a Windows laptop?
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    How to determine proper type of memory for my laptop?

    Posted February 4, 2014 - 11:28 am

    I only have 2GB of RAM on my current Compaq laptop, and want to upgrade to 4GB (I have Windows 7, 64-bit). I looked in system settings and couldn’t find it. I don’t want to purchase the wrong thing; how can I determine the correct type of memory to buy?
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    What was your first computer?

    Posted January 31, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    I still remember my first computer, an IBM PCjr. I taught myself BASIC using a book that came with it, and played my first computer game, King’s Quest. I was thinking about it today, and I’ve always been a “PC guy” instead of an “Apple guy,” probably because the PCjr was my first computer.
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